Facebook is going all-in to kill your Internet freedom. Facebook has launched a ‘Save Free Basics’ campaign which entices the users to support the campaign and agree to a pre-written message and send it to TRAI, the regulatory authority. The notification shows which friends of yours have agreed to it and then ask ‘you too’, to agree.

Facebook's 'Save Free Basics' campaign is MISLEADING
Facebook’s ‘Save Free Basics’ campaign is MISLEADING

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The message goes as such:

“To the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, I support digital equality for India. Free Basics provides free access to essential internet services like communication, education, healthcare, employment, farming and more. It helps those who can’t afford to pay for data, or who need a little help getting started online. And it’s open to all people, developers and mobile operators. With 1 billion Indian people not yet connected, shutting down Free Basics would hurt our country’s most vulnerable people. I support Free Basics – and digital equality for India. Thank you.”

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NOTE that Free Basics is against the principles of Net Neutrality and Facebook has been trying several unethical means to garner support for this in various ways.

For the sake of a better and open future for all, please do NOT sign for ‘Save Free Basics’ campaign.

7 Comments

  1. I think the concept of Net Neutrality needs to be understood by everyone very well. Don’t just jump on the bandwagon of either side.
    ISPs giving preferential bandwidth to some websites (zero cost to user) over others (some cost to users) isn’t that bad a thing. It is not neutral yes, but face it we don’t have such neutrality in any type of Business. Does your supermarket carry every possible brand of soap? No. If a new soap brand wants to sell to its customers, then pay the supermarket for shelf space. Why isn’t there a lobby to ask for that neutrality?
    Besides, let’s not term everything and everyone EVIL. Poor people who can’t pay what you are paying to get access to Internet will get “some” internet for free? What are we losing due to this? We might end up paying 100Rs. more per month on our internet fees, but it’s worth it if it helps someone poor being able to access internet.

    • Do you really understand Net Neutrality?? Internet is like Air and it needs to be free but access to Internet is what people are charging for..What happens if Flipkart gets on Free Basics and other ecom guys don’t??then Flipkart’s content will be faster and the others will become slower and that would mean people will buy more from Flipkart and will put up monopoly which would then convert to Flipkart charging more for products.. Now let’s look at the context of soap..if the retailer promoted only 1 soap brand would you keep shopping the same soap??? Now for your shelf space example .. Shelf space is like banner ad in Digital.. Want to promote spend on Ads and not Spend on controlling shopping

      • Adding on..Imagine your largest operator (assume Airtel) stating that they would charge Rs.10 for a call to voda and Rs.1 to reliance etc..If you can imagine the impact then you can understand the impact of Free Basics

        • First things first. Where the hell did you get this? – “Internet is like Air”
          This statement alone proves how your mind is tunneled into whatever you are thinking. Are you paying for Air? Is some provider supplying Air to your home through tubes? Do you know if any provider is investing in infrastructure to improve the quality of Air you get? If you are smart, you would know that answers to all these questions is NO and your silly statement falls flat on its face

          • The FlipKart example perfectly describes Sunoop’s argument. When you make internet ‘preferential’ for some sites, you take away the possibility of innovation by some small businesses because they wouldn’t get as much reach.This clearly monopolizes the market to only those elite (and rich) companies that exist in the ‘walled garden’.You eventually kill innovation by small players.If not for net neutrality, you wouldn’t have a facebook in the first place.

      • I’ve already said that this doesn’t have to be neutral just like everything else in life. It is plain economics. Do you understand that Flipkart will have to pay the provider to be on Free Basics? Which means that will subsidize the cost to the user. Everything else in an open economy works like that. If you have more reach in the market, you sell more. Sometimes you pay to get that reach. How is this different?
        Going back to the soap example, if i’m not happy with the soap, i wouldn’t buy from the supermarket and that would in turn force them to change the soap brand they are associated with. That’s economics/business.
        All of this and the privileged and middle class lose nothing. If anything, the poor people will gain from it. That’s what you are stopping by blindly following this Anti-Free basics lobby.

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